The gymnasium at Richard E. Byrd was awash in orange and blue Tuesday as the students, faculty, and staff gathered for a special assembly to welcome Chicago Bears’ player Martellus Bennett. Bennett was on hand to present the school with an NFL PLAY 60 grant on behalf of the National Football League and Comcast.
According to an NFL representative, the NFL PLAY 60 Super School contest selected one school in each of the 32 NFL markets and two non-NFL markets to receive a grant. The NFL’s PLAY 60 campaign encourages children to get 60 minutes of exercise a day.
Earlier this year, three of Byrd’s faculty members submitted the grant application and Byrd was the lucky school selected in the Chicago market to receive the $10,000 grant for health and wellness programming and equipment.
School officials learned they had been selected about a month ago but did not know which Bear player would visit the school. They were told last week that Bennett would be the Bears’ representative and were excited Sunday when Bennett made the long catch to set up the Bears’ game winning field goal in overtime.
The students cheered wildly as Bennett entered the gym. Bennett spent about 20 minutes answering student questions such as “What are your favorite foods to eat before a long practice?” (bananas and apples) and “What is your favorite stadium to play in?” (Soldier Field because of the awesome fans).
Bennett closed the assembly by trying his hand at Dr. Seuss:
“Skit, scat, scadoodle
My goldfish ate my poodle
Which is kind of strange because he usually only eats noodles”
The kids loved it! Bennett really seemed to connect with the children.
After the assembly ended, the students returned to their classrooms. Bennett toured the school greeting the kids and checking out the posters they made. Afterwards he led an NFL PLAY 60 Ultimate Physical Education Class on the playground.
UPDATED 11/19/13 2:46 p.m. to include description of the offenders
Police are looking for two men who robbed a Burbank grocery store Monday evening. The robbery took place about 7:30 p.m. at Genean Bakery & Grocery, 5910 W 87th St.
According to the owner, he was alone in the store when two men wearing ski masks entered the business and rushed the counter at the back of the store. The owner reported that both men were armed with handguns.
The suspects forced their way behind the counter where the owner was standing. One suspect ordered the owner to sit on the floor and held him at gunpoint while the other suspect emptied the cash register.
No shots were fired and no one was injured. According to the owner the suspects got away with about $400 to $500 in cash and coins.
The men then fled the store on foot, heading westbound down 87th Street. A search of area by officers and K9 units came up negative.
The owner said the store is equipped with surveillance video that Burbank detectives will examine on Tuesday.
The Burbank Police gave the following descriptions of the offenders:
Suspect 1 - male black, approximately 20 yrs old, 5'06-5'08, 170-190 pounds, wearing a ski mask gloves and dark clothing displaying a dark handgun.
Suspect 2 - male black, approximately 20 yrs old, 5'08-5'10, 150-170 pounds, wearing a ski mask gloves and dark clothing displaying a dark handgun.
The owner stated this was the first time his store was robbed but said the Family Dollar store one block west had been robbed at gunpoint last year.
The Burbank Police Department issued a press release Thursday regarding a retail theft incident which occurred earlier this week at the Burbank Sports Authority.
PRESS RELEASE The Burbank Police Department is investigating a Retail Theft which occurred at the Sports Authority (7720 S. Cicero, Burbank, IL) on Monday, November 4th, 2013 at approximately 1:00 pm. Approximately five young African American men between the ages of 15 – 20 years of age entered the store together and began to grab several display racks displaying Starter Jackets. The young men then dragged the racks with the jackets towards the exit doors but most of the jackets remained attached with security devices to the racks. Sports Authority claims two jackets were stolen but three others were damaged in the process.
The offenders were all observed entering into a white 2000 Pontiac mini-van bearing Illinois Registration N916290 when it fled the area.
There were no injuries reported as a result of this incident.
This incident mirrors that of incidents which occurred at a Sports Authority in Franfort IL., and at 3134 N. Clark St. in Chicago.
Citizens are urged to contact the Burbank Police Department Investigative Unit with any information pertaining to this at 708-924-7300.
Sports Authority is offering a $5,000.00 award through CrimeStoppers for any information leading to the arrest and prosecution of these offenders.
We ask that the media direct all inquiries to Division Chief Michael Dudlo of the Burbank Police Department at: firstname.lastname@example.org.